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Yasiel Puig finally arrives

Last June, the Dodgers signed Cuban prospect Yasiel Puig for $42 million. This June -- after just a few months in the minors and one incredible spring training -- Puig has been promoted to the majors.

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Yasel Puig Dodgers Deal Could Be Finalized Friday

Yasel Puig, a Cuban-born outfielder, will shortly be signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers to a seven-year, $42 million contract. This, you already know. Now, thanks to Dodgers beat writer Dylan Hernandez, we have a few more details:

Hernandez also tweeted that Puig’s deal allows him to opt out and go to arbitration after three years of MLB service time. Also, there’s some brave talk from Puig’s agent:

Agent thinks Puig could play in the majors this year, but ‪#Dodgers‬ aren’t counting on that. Could be a year or two away.

Pretty optimistic, that agent, about a 20-year-old coming to a new country and culture.

Incidentally, presuming Puig makes it, he won’t be the first MLB player with that unusual surname. Rich Puig played in four games for the 1974 Mets, going 0-for-10.

Presumably, Yasel Puig will do better than that for the Dodgers. For $42 million, they’d better hope so.

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Yasel Puig Contract Worth $42 Million

If you're like most baseball fans, you woke this morning without any clue who Yasel Puig was. Or, perhaps you read the FanGraphs article from yesterday, and you heard about him for the first time. Maybe you hoped your team would be one of the ones poking around. The more prospects the better, right?

Except I'm not sure anyone saw this coming:

Unless the physical reveals that he's missing ligaments, R.A. Dickey-style, this deal will go through. And it's a huge deal -- the biggest for a Cuban free agent in baseball history. There were reports that his scouting sessions were underwhelming, and he certainly didn't make a workout video to the smooth jams of Christoper Cross, so the amount is a bit of a shock. But according to Heyman, it shouldn't be.

Wasn't even his highest offer? Wow. You probably didn't know much about Puig when you woke up today, but for $42 million, you'll certainly hear and read a lot about him over the next few years, regardless of how successful he is.

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